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Multiple Writing Surfaces


Multiple writing surfaces promote collaboration by allowing groups to share information easily as they work. When a variety of writing surfaces are provided, learners also have a choice in which writing surface they use.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this high school uses multiple vertical surfaces to encourage student collaboration. Having several writing surfaces enables groups of students to work effectively together, enhancing their Social Awareness & Relationship Skills. By displaying their answers on non-permanent whiteboards, they make their thinking visible and are not afraid to make mistakes, thus fostering growth mindset.

  • Teachers can provide different writing surfaces, such as whiteboards, dry erase sleeves, and tables, to encourage student choice based on their preferences. Multiple writing surfaces on the walls also give students and teachers flexibility and space to move around the room, allowing students to see each other's ideas and build on them.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how products like Post-it Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface allow students and teachers to quickly transform any surface into a whiteboard. By having the flexibility and ease of sticking the dry erase surface on anything, students can creatively write anywhere.

  • Designing digital learning spaces with multiple and collaborative writing interfaces, such as typing and touchpads, facilitates brainstorming amongst learners and also the delivery of shared instructional material.